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Whew! This birthday month has been an absolute blast. I’ve never had so much fun celebrating my birthday. To close it out on this 31st day of August, I made this classy two-piece and I’m highlighting the cowl neck camisole.

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This is pattern #15 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 8 more to go. You can see Pattern #14 HERE.

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I used Butterick 5487 to make the camisole. It’s an older pattern from 2001, so the pattern is out-of-print, but you may be able to find it on Ebay, Amazon, or anywhere old patterns are sold. Also, I’m sure a quick Google search will yield several other options.

  • View A: cut on the bias, close-fitting, shoulder straps
  • Views B & C: self-lined, close-fitting, shoulder straps
  • View D: self-lined, fitted
  • View D: self-lined, fitted, back neck slit, button/loop and cap sleeves

The company rates the pattern as Very Easy, and it should be. However, the instructions for attaching the facing on View A had me stumped for a bit. Once I figured it out, I realized I was looking at the line drawing wrong. The written instructions alone weren’t enough. 


Inside the Garment

You can sew the top with a serger. I used the Baby Lock Zeal for my main seams. The Zeal is a very basic, beginner-level sewing machine. I finished the seam allowances with the Baby Lock Vibrant, and hemmed the garment with Baby Lock Euphoria.


Fabric Options

The fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern envelope are: Lightweight Crepe, Lightweight Faille, Georgette and Crepe Back Satin. 

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I used a 2-way Stretch Metallic Knit with gold flecks that has been sitting in my fabric collection for several years. I purchased it from Michael Levine, Downtown, Los Angeles. It’s leftover from a dress I made to wear to a Retirement Party in 2017. I’m smiling right now because I wore the same accessories back then that I’m wearing today with the new outfit.


Alterations Information

I did not make any adjustments to the pattern, but I did end up taking in the side seams after the first fitting. I really like the final fit.


Notions Information

The pattern calls for one ⅜” button for View E.

My Plans for the Garment

These pieces are fabulous together, but they’ll serve me well separately too. As a pair, I plan to wear the outfit to special events, dinner dates, and speaking engagements. I wore this outfit last night to my final birthday dinner for the month.

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My dear friend, LaDonna, took me to a lovely seafood restaurant called Eddie V’s! It was totally my style. The elegance, the ambiance, the excellent service, and delicious food were all fitting for this final birthday celebration! We sat next to the live band and enjoyed great conversation. I wasn’t able to get the best photos because of lighting but we had an amazing time

Check out this beautiful chandelier! I look forward to dining at Eddie V’s again in the future.

Styling Options

Camisoles are so classic and versatile. I envision this one with a pair of jeans for a more casual look. It would look great under a blazer with a straight skirt for work. How about with a pair of shorts and flat sandals? You could even style it with a circle skirt and large belt.

Styling Option #1

I styled the camisole with a pencil skirt that I made with my TNT pattern Simplicity 8982, a pair of gold high heel sandals, a delicate gold chain with rhinestone charm, rhinestone stud earrings, and a gold and rhinestone bracelet. I finished it off with a gold & rhinestone clutch purse.

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How would you wear the garment?

Would you sew this style of top? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you. The comments section is at the end of the page.

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  1. DeLana Smith

    Belated Happy Birthday to you, Anita! This ensemble is simply beautiful. Lady, “you did the thang” as the kids would say, lol. The accessories are perfect with this ensemble. I especially love the clutch and heels. Superb!

    If I made this ensemble, being a pearl girl, a lovely pair of pearl drop earrings with necklace, bracelet and perhaps a brooch.
    I would play with the accessories, because I would not want it to be too much. Another time, I would style the ensemble with a white, aqua or black silk scarf tied to the side of the neck accented with either a pearl or aqua rhinestone brooch. I would keep the clutch, because it is a perfect style handbag for the ensemble. As for the heels, we won’t go there. I would show out with the heels to set off the whole look, lol. I hope that was not too much? ?

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Anita Morris

      DeLana, you got me all excited reading about how you would style the ensemble. Yeeess, honey! Do it ALL! It’s never too much when you love it.

  2. Gwendolyn Styles

    Hello Anita! I just want to say, you may sew the clothes and a fine job you are doing, but baby, when you wear the clothes that you sew, that’s when they are genuinely made!! I love it!!

  3. Delores

    You look so beautiful!

  4. Anita Morris

    Hi De! Oh, I love your styling option. YEEEESSSSS!!! It must be styled for tea time!

  5. Kristin

    My goodness! We’re you ever a model? You wear these creations so beautifully! My goal is to achieve the fit and style for me as you have found for yourself. I think that confidence also makes your outfits so appealing. I’m envious.

    1. Anita Morris

      Hi Kristin! Yes, I did some modeling in my 20’s. All that I learned still helps me in mid-life.

  6. Leticia Newcomb

    Love this two piece outfit. As a jeans girl, I would wear the top with some cute jeans and sandals. The options are endless.

    1. Anita Morris

      Yes, yes, YES! I Cana’t wait to wear this top with jeans.

  7. Monica

    Another hit…hit…hit!!! I did know realize it was a two piece. It looks awesome on you! Thank you for being proud and excited with what you sew. That is a lesson I just embraced, it is good thing to be proud of projects I complete, that it is OK to be excited over accomplishments. Anita, keep sewing, again keep inspiring!!!

    1. Anita Morris

      Ooohhh, Monica, you just blessed my heart with your comment. YES, it’s okay to be proud and show it. I remember a time when I thought it was bragging. Not anymore. I’m proud of my sewing and other accomplishments. I will continue to share and talk about ALL of it. Yes, be excited and proud about your accomplishments.

  8. Charisse Colbert

    Gorgeous! These pieces are so versatile the options are plentiful, I know you’re seeing from your stash, I must say you have some beautiful fabrics in your stash. Goodbye to our birthday month ( mine was on the 22nd), it has been a pleasure and inspiration seeing your blog this month, God Bless!

    1. Anita Morris

      Happy Happy belated Birthday Charisse!!! Yes, I love these pieces and can’t wait to play with other styling options. God bless you too.

  9. Devoria Hall

    Another stylish, beautiful outfit Anita! The pattern looks as though it would be good for a beginner. I’m glad you had a wonderful birthday month. I also love the fabric choice! It looks very comfortable.

  10. Theresa Harmon

    OMG Anita ? You really outdid yourself with this outfit. The pieces are simple, but your fabric choice really made it pop!
    I ❤️ how you styled your outfit. Your pieces will look terrific as separates and styled with anything denim or chambray.
    Blessings to you and keep the videos coming ?

    1. Anita Morris

      Thank you so much Theresa! Yes, I love pairing amazing fabrics with simple patterns. It’s always a win.